The School for Ethics and Global Leadership

Ghosts of Rwanda Night

Ghosts of Rwanda Night

“Ghosts of Rwanda Night” is a sober SEGL tradition. Since our first semester, the powerful PBS Frontline documentary has saddened, focused, and challenged our students.

Skittles, the Supreme Court, and Security: Week One

Skittles, the Supreme Court, and Security: Week One

Keeping pace with a new Presidential Administration can be a challenge, especially in one’s first week in DC. With some help from their Ethics and Leadership course, our Spring 2017 students are doing just that.

Move-ins and Movements: Spring 2017 Arrives!

Move-ins and Movements: Spring 2017 Arrives!

Some semesters start just like any other. And some semesters are different. The Spring 2017 semester begins in historic fashion, as the Trump Administration and its adversaries do historic battle in our backyard.

Cornel West, Robert George, and the purpose of education

Cornel West, Robert George, and the purpose of education

What is the purpose of education? That was the question legendary Princeton professors Cornel West and Robert George addressed at the American Enterprise Institute yesterday, with SEGL students and faculty in the front rows.

The day after: Fall 2016 and the Presidential Election

The day after: Fall 2016 and the Presidential Election

Yesterday morning we gathered in our West common room and held a Quaker-style meeting to assess the previous night’s election results.

The day before the election, a very special conversation with the Mexican Ambassador

The day before the election, a very special conversation with the Mexican Ambassador

What did you do the day before the Presidential election? At SEGL, we had a conversation with His Excellency Carlos Manuel Sada Solana, the Mexican Ambassador to the United States.

Family/Homecoming Weekend 2016: Sec. of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, a $400,000 matching challenge, and more!

Family/Homecoming Weekend 2016: Sec. of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, a $400,000 matching challenge, and more!

SEGL’s growing community celebrated Family/Homecoming Weekend 2016 in extraordinary fashion this year. Highlighting the event was an interactive session with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and a $400,000 matching challenge from the Dan, Nanna, and Sebastian Stern Family.

FBI Director James Comey visits SEGL

FBI Director James Comey visits SEGL

Last week the man at the heart of the maelstrom came to SEGL. FBI Director James Comey, whose decision not to indict Hillary Clinton for improper use of a private email server (and, later, to inform Congress he was reviewing additional emails) have profoundly impacted the current Presidential campaign, spent over an hour with SEGL students in our main parlor.

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, Amb. George Moose head Family/Homecoming Weekend speaker line-up

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, Amb. George Moose head Family/Homecoming Weekend speaker line-up

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will headline a terrific line-up at this year’s SEGL Family/ Homecoming Weekend festivities! The Secretary will speak briefly and answer questions from the audience starting at 12:45pm on Saturday, October 15th.

Learning from Thomson Elementary: Books and Basketball

Learning from Thomson Elementary: Books and Basketball

Every Wednesday afternoon the third floor gym at Thomson Public Elementary School transforms. For just over an hour, dozens of 1st and 2nd graders look up at–and to–our SEGL students.

Longtime top Hillary Clinton speechwriter leads SEGL Master Class

Longtime top Hillary Clinton speechwriter leads SEGL Master Class

The SEGL Master Class: it is something of a trademark experience here. Several times a semester, our students present and defend a “deliverable” in front of a distinguished guest expert.

Israelis, Palestinians, and Fall 2016

Israelis, Palestinians, and Fall 2016

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is perhaps the greatest of all modern international challenges. Not only is it perniciously intractable; it also influences countless related contemporary problems.

Week Two: Lessons from Rwanda

Week Two: Lessons from Rwanda

Watching the 2004 PBS Frontline documentary <em>Ghosts of Rwanda</em> is an SEGL tradition. Since our first semester, the powerfully evocative film has captivated, alarmed, and inspired our students.

Week One: Leading Syrian activist; top diversity expert visit SEGL

Week One: Leading Syrian activist; top diversity expert visit SEGL

Week one of our Fall 2016 semester is complete, and our students are already leaving a positive impression. This week we hosted our first two guest speakers during our “Introduction to Ethical Decision Making” case study.

Fall 2016 Joins the SEGL family!

Fall 2016 Joins the SEGL family!

After one of the most newsworthy summers in memory and with the Presidential election on the horizon, our Fall 2016 cohort has arrived in DC.

Summer 2016 presents policy document to White House expert

Summer 2016 presents policy document to White House expert

What is it like to testify before Congress? To argue a case in front of the Supreme Court? In the final days of the Summer 2016 semester our students got a taste when they presented their capstone policy document to a leading White House expert on cyber warfare.

Black, Blue, and All: Summer 2016 confronts violence toward and by police officers

Black, Blue, and All: Summer 2016 confronts violence toward and by police officers

The day after the Dallas police shootings we gathered our 20 SEGL Summer Institute students together after Morning Meeting and read them a series of challenging, conflicting statements:

Iraq, Libya, and Crisis!  Summer 2016 with former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell; State Department attorney

Iraq, Libya, and Crisis! Summer 2016 with former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell; State Department attorney

Our final case study of the summer is a blockbuster that allowed our students to showcase much of the knowledge and many of the skills they have gained this summer.

Ethics Mash-up: Rwanda, Israelis and Palestinians, and The Second Amendment (with a side of Marco Rubio)

Ethics Mash-up: Rwanda, Israelis and Palestinians, and The Second Amendment (with a side of Marco Rubio)

Our Summer Institute days pack a powerful punch, and recent domestic and international events have heightened our purpose here. In the last week and a half we have confronted three complicated cases and visited with a former NRA President, the Executive Director of a leading gun control group, a former Assistant Secretary of State, genocide survivors, a former lead Palestinian negotiator, and President Bush’s lead Middle East advisor.

Summer 2016: Week One!

Summer 2016: Week One!

Our first week is in the books and it was jam-packed! Already we have launched our first two case studies, taken time out to see a blockbuster art exhibit, and learned a new sport.